Tuesday, April 20, 2010
Quilting - A Productive and Rewarding Pastime
About 30 years ago (I think it was that long ago), I decided I would make a quilt for each of my grandchildren. At that time, I had only one, so it was not such a grand challenge then. Well, I now have five grandchildren, and seven great grandchildren. Each of them (except the newest one, on whose quilt I am now working) has a quilt made for them that is like no other quilt that anyone has. Each of the quilts made for the grands have hand stitching in them. The great grands have quilts done completely on the machine. The great grands' quilts are patterned after the "love quilts" made to give as lap robes to senior adults and baby quilts to people who are battered women with babies.
I don't have pictures of all the quilts, especially the quilt I first made for oldest grandson, Daniel, which I had begun and then put away until about 12 years ago, and then picked up again to finish for him. Perhaps if I ask him, he or his sweet wife, Whitney, would take a pic of it and send the pic to me.
Above are some pics of some of the quilts I have made. The last one for a grandchild was made for my grandson, BJ, who is in the U.S. Air Forces. It was just finished and sent to him a couple of months ago. His was the only one that was reversible, (because the idea came to me when I was planning it). The four quilts pictured here were all of a size to fit a king-size bed and were not done on a quilting frame, but put together row by row.
The babies quilts (for great grands,) I will publish a little later because I want to get this posted before I leave to go to have some routine blood work done prior to a doctor's appointment for Thursday. I will add them to this posting later today. I come by quilting quite honestly since my mom and my sister were quilters. I am a "Johnny-come-lately" when it comes to doing them, and got some of my ideas of how to quilt from books by Georgia Bonesteel who is an author of Lap Quilting books.
Well, got lots to do today, and will be back to finish adding pictures to the post later. Come back and see the rest of them, if you so desire. This is Blabbin' Grammy signing off for a little while. I'm a gonna finish all this later.